Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
※Adult visitors who are junior high school students and older are expected to order at least one bowl of ramen when they visit a ramen restaurant.
Ryu Shanghai Honten
One of a kind seafood-based, richly concentrated miso ramen
This highly popular, seafood, pork and chicken bone, thick-soup ramen shop's trademark is in its super-fat noodles folded over 32 times. Their spicy miso ramen is topped off with a scoop of the raw, spicy-hot miso itself--truly an original style not seen anywhere else.
Rishiri Ramen Miraku
Superb Soup Packed with the Savory Taste of Rishiri Kelp
Eight hours of travel via ferry and airplane is required to reach Miraku's main shop on Rishiri Island--and the shop is only open for two-and-a-half hours each day! Possibly the most difficult ramen to obtain in all of Japan, Miraku is making its debut at the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum. Their yaki-joyu (rich, scorched soy sauce base) ramen, made using large amounts of Rishiri kelp--which is considered to be one of the top three most delicious kelps in Japan--features an unforgettable soup packed with tons of savory flavor complemented by aged, medium-thick chijiremen (wavy) noodles. It has even been designated as a Michelin Guide "Bib Gourmand" restaurant, meaning it offers exceptional food at moderate prices. Grilled shoyu (soy sauce base) ramen
Ryukyu Shinmen Tondou
The place where the ramen boom in Okinawa commenced
Tondou was created as part of the "Project for Creating New Local Ramen," a Ra-Haku project for proposing new ramen in a region where no ramen exists. Salt ramen is simple but rich in flavor, utilizing ingredients from Okinawa. The ramen is produced locally in Okinawa and continues to evolve. * The restaurant operates as a bar at night (please see the back for details).
A one-of-a-kind tonkotsu based ramen from Kumamoto, Kyushu
Founded in 1954, the soup at this historic ramen shop serves a mild-flavored sauce that combines chicken bone and vegetable broth over a tonkotsu (pork bone) base. The soup includes their own specially-flavored oil, and roasted, crumbled garlic chips scattered on top; the fragrance of which really piques your appetite.
Tonkotsu (pork bone) based ramen featuring thick broth for which customers queue outside, even at midnight
For 50 years since its founding in 1968, this restaurant has continued to operate at a single site, without opening any branches. Although its business hours (9:00 pm to 2:30 am) often make it inaccessible, it attracts a large number of customers every night. They include people from outside Fukuoka as well as locals. The greatest attraction of this ramen is the thick broth with an addictive taste. Many fans of this ramen become hooked after trying it once. It is so popular that some people take a taxi all the way to the restaurant after the last train.
About Us : Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum was founded on March 6th, 1994 as the world's first food-themed amusement park. From the start, our concept has been to be the one-stop place to enjoy the flavors of this national dish from renowned shops across Japan without stepping on a plane. To commemorate our 20th anniversary, we've expanded on the Japan-wide concept to being one that covers areas worldwide, delivering even more of the attraction and fascination of ramen to one and all. Our nine ramen shops are showcased in a street-scape replication from the year 1958, Japan. It was in this year that the world's first instant ramen was invented.
In this section, visitors can learn about ramen, centered around its history that has been clarified through 25 years of investigation. It includes newly discovered Chinese noodles in the Muromachi (1338-1573) period, and the disclosure of the dawn of ramen.
A ramen shop where you can bring home ramen from all over the country. Find various goods like chopsticks, bowls, and even utensils special to the ramen trade. Make your own original brand of ramen at the "My Ramen" booth, or your very own sweets at another of our booths. These are just some of the countless selection of Showa era and ramen goods offered.
Rest your weary self down in the laid-back atmosphere of this café from Japan's good old days. Soft-drinks, and alcohol selections, as well as light meals are on the menu here. Of particular popularity is their Hokkaido soft-serve ice cream, called soft cream. Get it to-go.
Dagashi-ya (old-fashioned sweet shops) bring back memories of childhood shopping for many Japanese people. Dagashi-ya were where children would gather on the way back from school, and we've replicated one such classic children's social hub. Jam packed with more than 300 old-fashioned sweets and toys, this shop is the source of much excitement for children and grown-ups alike.
With its roots as a Chinese noodle dish, ramen spread to Japan and integrated with the local food-culture.
In 1859 Japan opened its ports to the world, bringing in linguistic interpreters from China and Western countries. Foreign settlements were set up in Japan's major port towns, where Chinese restaurants began to line the streets. This gave way to the formation of China Town. There, the Chinese noodle dish that would later become the source of Japanese ramen was served. In time, the Japanese locals began to eat at these Chinese establishments, some of which began to set up their own independent operations, selling noodles from carts (or yatai) on the streets.
The difference with Japanese ramen and the Chinese noodles can be seen in the soup stock, or dashi. The soup used for Chinese noodle dishes is used in several other Chinese soup dishes, whereas the soup stock used in Japanese ramen was created with only ramen in mind. Being a treasure-trove of umami, with anywhere from five to up to forty different ingredients used to make it, that's one reason why ramen soup has drawn attention from around the world.
Wheat, brine and regular water, salt and eggs comprise the primary ingredients that go into making the noodles. Noodles are categorized by five criteria: their thickness, the percent of water used to make them, their degree of wave or shape (chijire), and their color. These criteria together have an affect on the overall flavor. Notably, adjustments to the different noodle aspects are done to match the different soup characteristics: wavy noodles are generally more compatible to lighter soups, and straight noodles more compatible to thicker soups. What kind of noodles do you prefer?
- Thin Noodles
- Thick Noodles
- Wrinkled Noodles
- Hirauchi Noodles
The key factor to ramen is in the soup and how various ingredients go in to bring out the umami element. Soup is generally comprised of a salt, soy sauce, miso, or other sauce bases, and finished off by adding to this, an animal-based broth like pork bone or chicken bone, and a soup which may include things like niboshi (sardines), konbu (kelp), and other seafood or vegetable-based ingredients. There really are no rules. There are even soups made entirely of chicken, or pork bone.
Here too, with toppings, there are no particular rules. Standard toppings, however, include chashu (seasoned, roast pork), menma (seasoned bamboo shoots), green onion, soft-simmered egg, and nori. Other than the standard ingredients, can be found corn, narutomaki (spiral patterned fish cakes), wakame (seaweed), and even butter. Such variety is dependent on regional taste and shop master's conceptualization.
- Bamboo Shoots
- Simmered Eggs
- Naruto (fish Cakes)
Regional ramen in Japan
Regional ramen came into being as Chinese noodles disseminated throughout Japan, intermingling with the food, climatic and environmental aspects of each region. While defining the varieties is difficult, there are at least 30 or more distinct, regional ramen in Japan, and comparing the different tastes adds to the fascination of ramen.
Regional ramen from the world
From France and Germany to America and even Australia, Japanese born-and-bred ramen is presently taking the world by storm. The style now sweeping the world is one that's true to Japanese form, but eventually, as has been seen in Japan, it will be drawn to intermix with the local climates, environments, and food cultures of each country, giving way to new regional ramen styles from around the globe.
It's an internet TV program shot, edited and of course planned entirely by Shinyokohama Ramen Museum. The program presents a vast store of knowledge on ramen. Here you can learn all about ramen from ramen world affairs, ramen history in Japan, to spotlights on famous shops.
2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan
From Haneda Airport:
Time required: 45 minutes
Directions: Haneda Airport→Shinyokohama Bus Terminal (Take the Rinko or Keikyu bus from Gate 8)→Shinyokohama Ramen Museum (by foot)
Time required: 15 minutes
Directions: Yokohama→Shinyokohama (Yokohama City Subway)→Shinyokoaham Ramen Museum(Leave the subway station from Exit 8 and walk for several minutes)
Time required: 50 minutes
Directions: Tokyo→Yokohama (JR Tokaido Line)→Shinyokohama (Yokohama City Subway)→Shinyokohama Ramen Museum (Leave the subway station from Exit 8 and walk for several minutes)
Time required: 50 minutes
Direction: Shinjuku→Shibuya (JR Yamanote Line)→Kikuna（Tokyu Toyoko Line）→Shinyokohama (JR Yokohama Line)→Shinyokohama Ramen Museum (by foot)
Adult (13 or older) 310yen Child (6 to 12) & seniors(60over) 100yen Free.
for children younger than 6 years old.
Group of 15 or more: Adult 260yen Child&Seniors 50yen.
Holidays; year end/new year holidays
Ramen shops take orders until 30 minutes before closing time.
Rules (So every guest can enjoy the Ramen Museum）
- Kindly wait in line when the ramen shops are crowded. The ramen shops do not accept seating reservations.
- Same-day re-entry into the museum is permitted--simply show your ticket to a staff member at the exit, and they will stamp the back of your hand. This will later be checked under black-light when you return.
- Refrain from smoking in the museum, except in KATEKO, a bar in the first basement, otherwise use the smoking stands installed outside the museum.
- Do not bring food or beverages into the museum. If you have any, keep them in your bag and do not eat/drink them while you are in the museum.
- Feel free to take personal photographs. For photographs for commercial use, please obtain permission of the museum in advance.
- Some restaurants may be closed aside from regular holidays.
- Adult visitors are expected to order at least one bowl of ramen. Each restaurant also serves small-sized ramen, which is recommended for visitors who would like to try ramen at several restaurants.